Race & Racism Reading List

It is up to us as citizens in a democratic society to learn about the history of race and racism in America and around the world. In order to understand the systemic and institutionalized racism that oppresses us, as well as our neighbors, it is important for us to continue to learn and encourage each other to read, watch, and develop this understanding. The following is a list of materials available for all ages to participate in this learning together.

To find even more book selections, check out the American Library Association's Reading for Change: Booklist-Recommended Titles for All Ages.

Adult Books 

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (nonfiction)

Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong (nonfiction)

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (nonfiction)

Waking Up White by Debbie Irving (nonficition)

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald (nonfiction)

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi & Keisha N. Blain (nonfiction)

A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South by Ben Montgomery (nonfiction)

Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad (nonfiction)

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (nonfiction)

How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi (nonfiction)

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward (nonfiction)

White Fragility by Robin Diangelo (nonfiction)

Caste by Isabel  Wilkerson (nonfiction)

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (nonfiction)

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown (nonfiction)

The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter (nonfiction)

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz (nonfiction)

We Had a Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy by Kliph Nesteroff (nonfiction)

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (nonfiction)

Ida B. The Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ia B. Wells by Michelle Duster (biography)

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (nonfiction)

Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum (nonfiction)

Sister Outsider: Essays & Speeches by Audre Lorde (nonfiction)

Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson (nonfiction)

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis (nonfiction)

Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation by Anna Malaika Tubbs (nonfiction)

How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming (nonfiction)

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks (nonfiction)

How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir by Saeed Jones (nonfiction)

Punch Me Up to the Gods by Brian Broome (nonfiction)

This is One Way to Dance by Sejal Shah (nonfiction)

Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (nonfiction)

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (fiction)

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (fiction)

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (poetry)

The Known World by Edward P. Jones (fiction)

Counting Descent by Clint Smith (poetry)

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid (fiction)

The Shape of Family by Shilpi Somaya Gowda (fiction)

The Leavers by Lisa Ko (fiction)

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (fiction)

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction, fantasy)

Caucasia by Danzy Senna (fiction)

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (fiction, sci-fi)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (fiction)

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (fiction)

Remembrance by Rita Woods (fiction, fantasy)

Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith (poetry)

Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby (fiction, thriller)

New Waves by Kevin Nguyen (fiction)

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (fiction)

Sula by Toni Morrison (fiction)

The Prophets by Robert Jones, Jr. (fiction)


Children's Books

Visit these links to find more socially-conscious books for children, tweens, and teens:

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester

Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez

The Skin I'm In: A First Look at Racism by Pat Thomas

We're Different, We're the Same by Bobbi Jane Kates

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, & Ann Hazzard

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

Happy in Our Skin by Fran Manushkin

All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

What If We Were All the Same? by C.M. Harris

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford 

A Terrible Thing Happened by Margaret M. Holmes

AntiRacist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry

The Most Beautiful Thing by Kao Kalia Young

The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson

Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt

An ABC of Equality by Chana Ginelle Ewing

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

When We Were Alone by David Robertson

Can I Touch Your Hair?: Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship by Charles Waters & Irene Latham

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara

Seperate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o

Mary and the Trail of Tears by Andrea L. Rogers

Sing a Song: How "Lift Every Voice and Sing" Inspired Generations by Kelly Starling Lyons

You Matter by Christian Robinson

Bedtime Bonnet by Nancy Redd

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith

Everybody Counts: A Counting Story from 0 to 7.5 Billion by Kristin Roskifte

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles

William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad by Don Tate

Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford

Jump at the Sun by Alicia D. Williams

Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade

Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera

The Bell Rang by James E. Ransome

¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat by Raúl the Third

My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero

Tween & Teen Books 

Visit these links to find more socially-conscious books for children, tweens, and teens:

This is My America by Kim Johnson (fiction)

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas (fiction)

All American Boys by Brendan Kiely & Jason Reynolds (fiction)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (fiction)

Dear Justice by Nic Stone (fiction)

This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell & Aurelia Durrand (nonfiction)

Before the Ever After by Jaqueline Woodson (fiction)

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson (fiction)

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (fiction)

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis (fiction)

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez (fiction)

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (fiction)

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi (fiction)

Say Her Name by Zetta Elliott (poetry)

Light It Up by Kekla Magoon (fiction)

Dear Martin by Nic Stone (fiction)

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (fiction)

March (Graphic Novel Trilogy) by John Lewis (nonfiction)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You (YA Edition) by Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds (nonfiction)

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor (fiction)

New Kid by Jerry Craft (fiction, graphic novel)

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (YA Edition) by Trevor Noah (autobiography)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (fiction, graphic novel)

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper (fiction)

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (fiction)

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction, graphic novel)

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall (nonfiction, graphic novel)

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender (fiction)

Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (fiction)

A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope by Patrice Caldwell (fiction)

Blended by Sharon M. Draper (fiction)

A Good Kind of Trouble by Lisa Moore Ramée (fiction)

Lifting As We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (nonfiction)

King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (fiction)

Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (autobiography, graphic novel)

A Song Below Water by Bethany Morrow (fiction, sci-fi)

Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson (fiction)

We Are Not From Here by Sanchez by Jenny Torres (fiction)

Red, White, and Whole by Rajani LaRocca (fiction)

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (fiction, fantasy)

All the Days Past, All the Days to Come by Mildred D. Taylor (fiction)

Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros (fiction)

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez by Adrianna Cuevas (fiction)

Never Look Back by Lillian Rivera (fiction) 

New Kid by Jerry Craft (graphic novel)

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus (fiction)

Tristen Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (fiction)

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in 10 Blocks by Jason Reynolds (fiction)

Movies & Television 

Watchmen (2019) (Rated TV-MA)

I Am Not Your Negro (2017) (Rated PG-13) (nonfiction)

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) (Rated R)

The 13th (2016) (Not Rated) (nonfiction) (CLICK HERE to watch for free on YouTube)

Get Out (2017) (Rated R)

Sorry to Bother You (2018) (Rated R)

Ruby Bridges (1997) (Family Friendly)

Selma (2014) (Rated PG-13)

Just Mercy (2019) (Rated PG-13)

Akeelah and the Bee (2006) (Rated PG)

Remember the Titans (2000) (Rated PG)

Clemency (2019) (Rated R)

Zootopia (2016) (Rated PG)

Wyatt Cenac's Problem Areas (2018) (Rated TV-MA) (nonfiction) (CLICK HERE to watch for free on YouTube)

Blackkklansman (2018) (Rated R)

The Hate U Give (2018) (Rated PG-13)

Green Book (2018) (Rated PG-13)

The Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) (Rated R)

Fences (2016) (Rated PG-13)

Queen & Slim (2019) (Rated R)

Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (Rated G)

Do the Right Thing (1989) (Rated R)

Nella The Princess Knight (Rated G)

Loving (2016) (Rated PG-13)

Fruitville Station (2013) (Rated R)

Insecure (2016) (Rated TV-MA)

Malcom X (1992) (Rated PG-13)

Hidden Figures (2016) (Rated PG)

42 (2013) (Rated PG-13)

The Joy Luck Club (1993) (Rated R)

Mississippi Masala (1991) (Rated R)

The Big Sick (2017) (Rated R)

Who's Streets? (2017) (Rated R) (nonfiction) 

Real Women Have Curves (2002) (Rated PG-13)

Gook (2017) (Not Rated)

Moonlight (2016) (Rated R)

Moana (2016) (Rated PG)

Crime + Punishment (2018) (Not Rated) (nonfiction) (CLICK HERE to watch for free on YouTube)

Queen of Katwe (2016) (Rated PG)

Harriet (2019) (Rated PG-13)

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